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Nelson A. Miles

  • Rank: Colonel (Highest Rank: Lieutenant General Ret.)
  • Conflict/Era: U.S. Civil War
  • Unit/Command:
    61st New York Infantry
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Army
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: May 2 - 3, 1863
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Chancellorsville, Virginia, USA
Distinguished gallantry while holding with his command an advanced position against repeated assaults by a strong force of the enemy; was severely wounded.
Medal of Honor Recipient Nelson A. Miles
Medal of Honor Recipient Nelson A. Miles
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Roxbury, Suffolk County, Massachusetts
  • Awarded Posthumously: No
  • Presentation Date & Details: July 23, 1892
  • Born: August 8, 1839, Westminster, Worcester County, MA, United States
  • Died: May 15, 1925, Washington, DC, United States
  • Buried: Arlington National Cemetery (MH) (3-1873), Arlington, VA, United States
  • Location of Medal: National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC

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